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Lab Manual

Lab 1: The Scientific Process

Lab 2: Measurement

Lab 3: The Molecules of Life

Lab 4: Enzymes

Lab 5: Microscopic Observation of Cells

Lab 6: Passive Transport

Lab 7: Carbohydrate Metabolism

Lab 8: Cell Division

Lab 9: Signal Transduction

Lab 10: DNA Structure and Replication

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Lab 11: Genes in a Bottle

Lab 12: Genetically Modified Foods

Lab 13: Bacterial Transformation 

Lab 14: Case Study - Don't Swim in the Pool


Student Blog

Chapter 2 Blog: The Chemical Basis of Life I (Pankhuri)

Chapter 3 Blog: The Chemical Basis of Life II (Pankhuri)

Chapter 4 Blog: General Features of Cells (Pankhuri)

Chapter 5 Blog: Membrane Structure, Synthesis, and Transport (Pankhuri)

Chapter 6 Blog: An Introduction to Energy, Enzymes, and Metabolism (Pankhuri)

Chapter 7 Blog: Cellular Respiration, Fermentation, and Secondary Metabolism (Pankhuri)

Chapter 8 Blog: Photosynthesis (Pankhuri)

Chapter 9 Blog: Cell Communication (Pankhuri)

Chapter 11: Nucelic Acid Structure, DNA Replicaiton, and Chromosome Structure (Pankhuri)

Chapter 12 Blog: Gene Expression at the Molecular Level (Pankhuri)

Chapter 13 Blog: Gene Regulation (Pankhuri)

Chapter 14 Blog: Mutation, DNA Repair, and Cancer (Pankhuri)

Chapter 15 Blog: Eukaryotic Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis (Pankhuri)

Chapter 16 Blog: Simple Patterns of Inheritance (Pankhuri)

Chapter 25 Section 2 Blog: Feature Investigation


Grading Sheet for the Blog Project


Section I: Personal Bio and Material


Hi! My name is Pankhuri Garg and I'm 16, and my birthday is September 17th. I was born in Nagpur, India and lived there for 8 years before moving to NJ in 2001. I currently live in Branchburg. I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, playing badminton, photography, cooking, eating, vacationing, shopping, swimming, watching TV, hanging out with friends, making new friends, going out to eat, and painting. Surprisingly, I'm really not into Hollywood or American TV; I'm more into Bollywood and Indian TV. I like to set goals for my self as well as challenge myself at all times. I am also the oldest student in class. I like to volunteer in cultural organizations and help organize shows. I also enjoy working with kids and kids with special needs. I can be loud at times, which is something i want to change about myself. I'm usually a vivacious person and clean at heart. I can't say No to people, and like to keep everyone happy. The only thing that bothers me the most in the world is that no one can ever say my name right, but i guess after 9 years, you just get used to it. But it still bothers me :)


I aspire to become a Ophthalmologist and concentrate on field work such as setting up eye camps in remote places. My family back in India helps set up a yearly charitable eye camp in which they hire doctors to do free surgeries for the unprivileged population. I want to support their cause and carry the tradition on, but on a much larger scale. I want to use the skills I learn in this country to help others who really really really need it. I aim to travel around the world and heal those who miss out on the lively and colorful world. I want to be the light in their world of darkness. Becoming a doctor is very important to me, no matter what the obstacles, and is my number one priority. 











<-- That would be me! =D


Section II:  Interesting/Useful Scientific Material




1. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=faking-it - This article explained how wearing knock-off designer brands causes a psychological effect. It was interesting because one would least for something like this to cause a psychological problem. 


2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=why-does-schizophrenia-appear-in-yo-10-02-27 - Schizophrenia has always fascinated me. Not because of the harm it causes but because of its complexity. It shows how complex our brain is and how vital it is to maintain "normal-ness". One glitch in the brain can make us see things that aren't there or react happily to a devastating situation or the other way around.  It was interesting to know that younger people are more prone to this problem becasue of their over-active brains. 


3. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=autism-slow-sensory-integration - I've seen many kids with Autism but never understood why they aren't aware of everything around them. This article explained that autistic children take triple the amount of time to register stimuli than normal people do. They also cannot comprehend stimuli from different senses at once. 


4. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=less-sleep-linked-to-blues-in-teens - A HUGE amount of students these days sleep late and pull "all-nighters" either because they have too much work or because its uncool to sleep early and follow a bedtime. It was interesting to know that lack of sleep can have a huge emotional and psychological effect and lead to depression. Although it may seem that you don't need more sleep and get enough, it is important to give your brain the rest.  


5. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=me-myself-and-i - No matter how old we grow, our brain maintains "Me, myself, and I". One of our brain's main goal is to maintain this and make sure all body mechanisms also maintain the same idea. 





Dry ice is compressed carbon dioxide. Due to its particularly low temperature (around -78.5 °C) and it direct sublimation to gas, dry ice is an effective coolant as it is much cooler than ice and leaves no moisture as it changes its state. I find it very interesting because, unlike normal ice, dry ice changes directly to gas when in contact with heat. 



This diagram shows the scientific process which is a necessity in gaining information and testing its validity. It portrays how every single aspect and step is interconnected and depends on each other. This process is used with every discovery, experiment, and problem. 



This is a mitochondrion. It is located in the cytoplasm of a cell.  It is a very vital part of our body because it produces the energy needed in all bodily functions. It produces ATP and ADP through cellular respiration and also maintain cellular metabolism. 



This is the Circle of Willis, located on the inferior part of the brain. This particular set of vessels really fascinates me because it is designed to supply all parts of the brain at all time even if there is a blockage in one of the main vessels of the brain. 


Arranged in a double helix, DNA contains every single gene we will ever need in our life and every single detail of our body. DNA is located in the nucleus and works when a RNA strand is made from it and then the RNA strand is interpreted to produce protein. Different section of one strand of DNA, encode for the different details of our body. 







1. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=3-9fs1jxzjM&vq=medium#t=70 - DNA Replication. This is pretty much the process that keeps us going and growing. If this process didn't exist, our cells wouldn't divide and we wouldn't even be born. 


2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xSQlwWGT8M&feature=related - Introduction to atoms. This is video is very important because it summarizes what atoms are, what they do, and how they are classified. Atoms are the building blocks of all matter that exists. 


3. http://sciencehack.com/videos/view/dYXfhuWfCf0 - This video gives a brief description of DNA matching. DNA matching is an important factor of forensic science, is known as Forensic DNA Analysis. It is a great tool to investigate criminal sites and perform paternity/maternity testing.  


4. http://sciencehack.com/videos/view/wa8tNLdCnrg - I found this video very interesting because it states that being a "sugar tooth" is associated with a gene in our DNA. This might explain my tremendous liking for sugar :D


5. http://sciencehack.com/videos/view/CmbWE3jLUgM - This video talks about the inflammatory response of our body after encountering a injury or surgery. It is a important body function that helps us recover, block bacteria, and prevent us from bleeding to death when cut. 



Comments (1)

Pankhuri Garg said

at 2:01 am on Jul 27, 2010

Hi My name is Pankhuri Garg and I'm 16, and my birthday is September 17th. I was born in Nagpur, India and lived there for 8 years before moving to NJ in 2001. Before living in Branchburg, I have lived in North Plainfield for 2 years and Somerville for 7 years. I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, playing badminton, photography, cooking, vacationing, shopping, and thinking that i can beat my brother in strenght (which is unlikly, but its good enough to satisfy myself).

I aspire to become a Ophthalmologist and concentrate on field work such as setting up eye camps in remote places. I take inspiration from Dr. Sanjay Gupta :) and wish to reach the same levels of success as him or close enough

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